The Benefits of a Company Book Club


The Benefits of a Company Book Club

Joining the Vistatec book club has proven to be an enriching experience for many of our employees. Organized a few short years ago by a group of reading-passionate colleagues, the book club initially met in person after work to discuss novels. However, when the pandemic hit, the book club transitioned to virtual meetings, allowing colleagues from around the globe to join in.

Today, the book club continues to meet online, bringing together colleagues from countries such as the US, Poland, Spain, and Italy. Whether they join in during lunch breaks or after work, participants always have a great time discussing books and sharing insights. As one member aptly said, the book club “brings people together. We meet people from different teams that would not normally work together, and it is a good experience.” It provides a much-needed opportunity for connection and camaraderie.

Beyond the personal benefits of reading various books and gaining different perspectives, the company book club also serves as a valuable team-building opportunity. It allows colleagues from other teams to interact and form positive relationships, fostering a sense of community within the company. One regular attendee noted that “when you work remotely, it allows you to actually “meet” coworkers.”

The book club’s diverse reading selections reflect the company’s and industry’s multicultural nature. The club has read books from around the world (Japan, Ireland, Portugal, France, and beyond) and by authors of many different backgrounds: from Asian-American perspectives to an African-British woman’s lived experience in London to a transwoman’s POV in Canada. And, of course, the lively discussions and banter add an extra element of enjoyment to the experience.

The benefits of participating in a company book club are clear: it encourages personal growth, fosters relationships among colleagues, and promotes diversity and cultural understanding within the workplace. Whether you’re a seasoned bookworm or just looking for a new way to connect with coworkers, joining a company book club could be rewarding.

Here is a list of the books that the Vistatec Book Club has read so far: 

“Normal People” by Sally Rooney

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

“Kafka on the Shore” by Haruki Murakami

“Interior Chinatown” by Charles Yu

“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng

“Little Fish” by Casey Plett

“Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams

“It is Wood, It is Stone” by Gabriella Burnham

“Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata

“Written in Bone: Hidden Stories of What We Leave Behind” by Sue Black

“A Very Punchable Face” by Colin Jost

“Her Kind” by Niamh Boyce

“La dama boba” by Lope de Vega

“The Heart’s Invisible Furies” by John Boyne

“The Elephant’s Journey” by José Saramago

“Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“Crying in H Mart” by Michelle Zauner

“Less” by Andrew Sean Greer

“Once and Future Witches” by Alix E. Harrow

“Is That a Fish in Your Ear?” by David Bellos

“Finding Me” by Viola Davis

“The Reading List” by Sara Nisha Adams

“Clytemnestra” by Costanza Casati

“The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo

“Yellowface” by R.F. Kuang

“Promising Young Women” by Caroline O’Donoghue

“Fresh Water for Flowers” by Valérie Perrin